Reintroduction of Wolves to Yellowstone National Park
- You will be learning about this EVENT and will be writing down or typing in INTERACTIONS between the event and the spheres on a chart.
- You will also be writing down or typing INTERACTIONS between the spheres in relation to the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park.
- The document was emailed to you and can be opened in PAGES.
Vocabulary to Know
- Trophic cascades occur when predators in a food web keep the numbers of their prey from getting too large or change the behavior of their prey, so not as many organisms in next lower trophic level is hunted/eaten.
- Mission Wolf- Education vs Extinction- trophic cascade– “Wolves and other top predators are keystone species – they prevent overpopulation of prey species, encouraging a balance in nature.” http://www.missionwolf.org/page/trophic-cascade/
- ecosystem– A system that includes all living organisms (biotic factors) in an area as well as its physical environment (abiotic factors) functioning together as a unit. An ecosystem is made up of plants, animals, microorganisms, soil, rocks, minerals, water sources and the local atmosphere interacting with one another.
- How Wolves Change Rivers– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q
- How Wolves Change Rivers Transcript-how-wolves-change-rivers
- National Geographic Video– http://education.nationalgeographic.com/media/wolves-yellowstone/
READ: MORE WOLF CONNECTIONS
- Wolves Bring Aspen Back-easy review: http://www.yellowstonepark.com/2014/02/wolves-bring-yellowstone-back/
- Yellowstone Wolf Impact- Beavers and the Hydrosphere http://www.yellowstonepark.com/wolf-reintroduction-changes-ecosystem/
- Yellowstone Wolves, Elk, Willows…..and Beaver– good overview with more detail: https://earlycareerecologists.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/yellowstone-wolves-elk-willows-and-beaver/
- ***Why the Beaver Should Thank the Wolves–Atmosphere/lithosphere interactions. Wolves/atmosphere interactions. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/29/opinion/the-world-needs-wolves.html?_r=0
- How Wolves Change Rivers– Restating the video in a different way: http://www.theguardian.com/science/grrlscientist/2014/mar/03/how-wolves-change-rivers
- INFO GRAPHIC- How Wolves Changed Rivers- http://earthjustice.org/features/infographic-wolves-keep-yellowstone-in-the-balance
MORE WOLVES AND THE ATMOSPHERE
- Vegetation- It’s Role on Weather and Climate– http://climate.ncsu.edu/edu/k12/.vegetation
- How Plants Can Change Our Climate– http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/LAI/LAI2.php
- How do trees and forests relate to climate change? http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2011/feb/11/forests-trees-climate
- Ecosystem Interactions- http://354789095106942656.weebly.com
- Basics of Climate Science– http://know.climateofconcern.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=article&id=119
- Sphere Interactions– http://www.barnstable.k12.ma.us/cms/lib03/MA01001935/Centricity/Domain/191/aims%20activities/Sphere%20Interactions.pdf
- Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem– http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/upload/RI_2015_gye_sm.pdf
TO THE CONTRARY
- Maybe Wolves Don’t Change Rivers, After all– https://strangebehaviors.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/maybe-wolves-dont-change-rivers-after-all/
- The Denver Post: Meyer- About Those Wolves in Yellowstone- http://www.denverpost.com/ci_25546281/about-those-park-wolves
JUST REALLY INTERESTING
- Generation W: The Generation of the Wolf- http://www.nps.gov/media/video/view.htm?id=2525FF49-155D-451F-675C4D190675D3C5
- Wolves in Yellowstone, from the National Park Service– http://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/nature/wolves.htm
- Yellowstone Wolves- a collection of articles from Yellowstone National Park– http://www.yellowstonepark.com/wildlife/wolves/
- TedTalk- George Monbiot: For more wonder, rewind the world– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rZzHkpyPkc